• Hydrocortisone

Alphaderm is a cream treatment for skin conditions, such as psoriasis. It reduces inflammation and itching.

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This cream contains 1 percent hydrocortisone and 10 percent urea, and is usually applied to the affected area twice a day.

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Alphaderm is a skin cream used to relieve inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis, and is made by Alliance Pharmaceuticals. It contains two functioning constituents, which are a corticosteroid called hydrocortisone, and urea, which helps the skin to retain moisture. Currently, Alphaderm is only available to buy in the UK with a prescription.

  1. Contains a corticosteroid ingredient
  2. Maintains skin moisture and softness
  3. Simple to apply

Psoriasis is a condition which causes irritation, inflammation, peeling and redness on the skin. It usually develops in patches, and can also often lead to the appearance of silver-coloured scalish flakes. Some cases may also become infected, and this may cause pustules to manifest in the affected area. The symptoms can develop anywhere on the body, but they are more likely to be seen on the lower back, elbows, knees and scalp.

Only around two per cent of the UK population is thought to have psoriasis, but those who do have it will usually have a chronic case, going through periods of flare-up and remission. For some, symptoms may be severe, but less so for others. It is more likely to develop in those under the age of 35, but has been known to appear later than this.

Someone with psoriasis will usually generate and replace skin cells quicker than someone without the condition. This excess will then lead to a build-up which causes patches of irritation. Why the condition occurs isn’t fully understood, but it is thought to be a result of an autoimmune response.

Certain triggers have been identified as bringing on symptoms. These will usually vary from one individual to another, but may include skin injuries, stress, the effects of medication, smoking, the excessive consumption of alcohol, changes in hormone levels, or some types of infection.

When treating the condition, a doctor will usually assess its severity before advising which type of medication (if necessary) to use. In Alphaderm, which is available to buy online through our secure prescription service, there are two main ingredients, which are a corticosteroid called hydrocortisone, and urea. Hydrocortisone works by reducing the activity of inflammatory chemicals in the body, thus helping to soothe irritation; whereas urea is a chemical which occurs naturally in the skin, helping it to retain water and preventing it from drying out.

To get the prescription medication you need, simply complete our short questionnaire. It only takes a few minutes and your answers will be assessed by one of our practising doctors. Once approved, a prescription will be issued and sent to our dispensing pharmacy on your behalf, where your medicine will be prepared and shipped by tracked parcel.

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How to use Alphaderm

Make sure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber when using this treatment, and that you read the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet carefully beforehand. This will help you to lower the risk of side effects, and maximise the efficacy of the product.

  1. Use as directed.
  2. In cases of a psoriasis flare up, this will likely be a thin layer applied twice a day for the duration specified by your prescriber.
  3. The cream should not be used for long periods. Contact your doctor if symptoms persist.
  4. Wash and dry the affected region prior to use.
  5. Never exceed the prescribed dose.
  6. If you forget to use it, simply apply the cream at the next scheduled time and carry on the course as normal.

For more detailed instructions, please refer to the leaflet provided.

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Alphaderm side effects

It is crucial to be aware of the side effects associated with this item, so that you can seek medical advice if necessary. Tell your doctor if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction.

Frequency not stated:
Irritation of cracked or moist skin, infections spreading or becoming worse, red marks or lines appearing on the skin, inflammation of the skin, acne, or a slight loss of pigment in the skin where the cream is used.

More information on side effects can be found in the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Your doctor needs to know if you are using any other treatments, as they may affect the function of this product.

Conditions to look out for

It may not be suitable for those with acne, or a skin infection.

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Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. It is not likely that the function of this treatment will be affected by alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive should not be inhibited by the use of this medication.

Can I use this medicine while pregnant?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, let your prescriber know, as this product may be unsuitable for you to use.

How do I store it?

In a safe place, below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This cream contains: hydrocortisone, urea, white soft paraffin, isopropyl myristate, maize starch, glyceryl tribehenate, palmitic acid, sorbitan laurate and polyoxyethylene fatty glyceride.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of the constituents listed.

Is it available over-the-counter?

You can only buy Alphaderm with a prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure it is suitable for you prior to use.

Is it right for me?

Find out by taking our short questionnaire. Once complete, your answers will reviewed by one of our qualified physicians, who will issue a prescription if appropriate. Medicines are dispensed at our UK-based pharmacy before being shipped by next-day courier.

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